An array of striking structures landed top spots from a record number of entries in the latest Steel Excellence Awards for Victoria and Tasmania presented at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne on 4 July. The 2014 awards garnered 31 entries, up by about 50 percent on the previous program in 2012. Two separate projects, both converted at an early stage to primarily steel construction though originally conceived in concrete, jointly won the large building projects category, the Green Chemical Futures building at Monash University and the 14 storey One McNab Avenue building. A clever canopy in Federation Square designed with a honeycomb structure of blades angled to maximise shade in summer and sunlight in winter won in small building projects. Steel framed wind drawers that cradle gardens ‘clipped’ to the western side of a 30 storey apartment building topped the steel clad structures category for Art on the Park. And the second incarnation of Melbourne’s giant observation wheel topped the engineering projects category. The Savio Centre at Dominic College at the base of Mount Wellington that used an integrated approach to interpret complex shapes as a simple buildable system won in Tasmanian projects. The Special Judge’s Award went to Kingfield Fabrications for its in-house developed flat pack modular building system, SafeOnSite.